Sagan sprints to victory in Tour de France Stage 5

France's Julian Alaphilippe wearing the overall leader's yellow jerse arrives for the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over

France's Julian Alaphilippe wearing the overall leader's yellow jerse arrives for the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over

Belgium's Tim Wellens wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, and Latvia's Toms Skujins ride in the breakeway during the fifth stage of the Tour de

Belgium's Tim Wellens wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, and Latvia's Toms Skujins ride in the breakeway during the fifth stage of the Tour de

The pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 175.5 kilometers (109 miles) with start in Saint-Die-Des-Vosges and fini

The pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 175.5 kilometers (109 miles) with start in Saint-Die-Des-Vosges and fini

From left riders in the pack Spain's Ivan Garcia Cortina, Belgium's Tiesj Benoot, Belgium's Thomas de Gendt, Australia's Caleb Ewan, and Belgium's Max

From left riders in the pack Spain's Ivan Garcia Cortina, Belgium's Tiesj Benoot, Belgium's Thomas de Gendt, Australia's Caleb Ewan, and Belgium's Max

The pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 175.5 kilometers (109 miles) with start in Saint-Die-Des-Vosges and fini

The pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 175.5 kilometers (109 miles) with start in Saint-Die-Des-Vosges and fini

Germany's Andre Greipel takes water from team director car during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 175.5 kilometers (109 miles)

Germany's Andre Greipel takes water from team director car during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 175.5 kilometers (109 miles)

COLMAR, France (AP) — Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the fifth stage of the Tour de France Wednesday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the race leader's yellow jersey.

The three-time world champion posted a 12th career stage win at cycling's biggest race, emerging victorious from a bunch sprint in the eastern city of Colmar at the end of a 175.5-kilometer (109-mile) trek through the green forests and hills of western France's Vosges massif.

The sprint was not contested by pure specialists, who got dropped over the four climbs on the day's program.

Alaphilippe finished in the main pack alongside other main contenders including defending champion Geraint Thomas, with no change at the top of the overall standings.

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